Korundi House of Culture opens in Lapland
The Chamber Orchestra of Lapland will get an own concert hall when Korundi House of Culture will be opened in Rovaniemi on 26 May. The much-awaited new house will be shared operationally by the orchestra and Rovaniemi Art Museum. The inauguration of the new culture house was scheduled already for the autumn 2010, but the fire accident happened during the building stage postponed it to the following spring. Korundi is built around an old post car depot building with design by architect Juhani Pallasmaa.
The concert hall of Korundi has 340 seats and is designed as a high-level music hall for chamber music. Acoustical design is made by Finnish Akukon Consulting Engineers. The opening concert will be held on 26 May, highlited by a world premiere of Kirmo Lintinen’s Guitar Concerto with Ismo Eskelinen as soloist. The Chamber Orchestra of Lapland will be conducted by its artistic director John Storgårds.
The Chamber Orchestra of Lapland is the northernmost professional chamber orchestra in Finland and in the EU. The orchestra has premiered several works from Finnish composers, and recorded music from e.g. Kalevi Aho. Album In Memoriam Pehr Henrik Nordgren will be released this spring for Alba Records. Having a new concert hall is a long-awaited step forward, as the orchestra has not had own premises before.
Eeva Hohti / Fimic
19 May, 2011